What Are Common Causes Of Truck Accidents In Colorado?

Bell & Pollock has years of experience working with people injured in a wide range of truck accidents. We have handled cases involving a variety of different factors, from alcohol and drugs to fatigued drivers and trucking companies that put unsafe vehicles on the road. We are thoroughly familiar with all of the common causes of truck accidents. Companies are increasingly putting a priority on getting products to market, rather than safety or the public.

Large commercial trucks are a potentially dangerous presence on the roads and highways. Accidents often involve significant damage and catastrophic injuries. When we represent injury victims or families who lost loved ones in truck accidents, we bring experience and in-depth knowledge of the state and federal laws that govern the trucking industry in the United States. We take the time to learn about your truck accident and develop a strategy that addresses your specific legal needs. This detailed approach enables us to build strong, successful cases, one client at a time. Your truck accident matters here.

While the trucking company’s insurance company might argue that the driver of the smaller passenger vehicle was at fault, we know that in most cases trucking accidents are the result of truck driver error.

Distractions

Distracted driving is a growing problem in Colorado and throughout the country. When someone driving an 80,000 pound big rig is distracted, there is frighteningly high risk of a catastrophic truck accident. At Bell & Pollock, our attorneys know how dangerous accidents caused by distracted truck drivers can be in Colorado. We know because we have worked with so many families dealing with the aftermath of a serious truck accident. That’s why we work so hard to get injury victims a settlement or verdict for their accident.

Distracted driving is among the common causes of truck accidents in Colorado. In our modern age, there are many different ways drivers can become distracted on the road. Texting while driving is against the law nationwide for commercial truckers. A recent federal law prohibits drivers from using any kind of handheld cellphone or texting device while operating a commercial motor vehicle, even when stopped in traffic. Truck drivers caught breaking this law can face a steep fine.

Other examples of distracted truck driving include:

  • Operating a GPS device in a truck
  • Talking to a trucking company dispatcher
  • Eating while driving
  • Watching television while driving
  • Operating MP3 players and radios
  • Smoking, eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Talking to passengers

All it takes is one split second for a truck driver to look away from the road to cause a serious truck accident. Getting injury victims the money they rightfully deserve after an 18-wheeler accident or tractor-trailer accident is often not easy. That’s why some law firms avoid taking on such difficult cases. We see things differently. We believe the people facing the toughest legal challenges deserve our help even more. We have successfully won countless cases over the years, and we’re proud to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Speeding

Truck drivers often face pressure to get to their destination as fast as possible. That’s one of the reasons why you might notice truck drivers exceeding the speed limit on busy roads and highways like I-70 in Colorado. Speeding truckers might be trying to “do their job,” but they are putting everyone on the road at risk.

Unfortunately, truck drivers who travel too fast for road or weather conditions can serious truck accidents. Speeding is among the most common causes of truck accidents in Colorado. And when these accidents happen, the injuries can be severe or even fatal, often resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado. That’s why it’s important you have a Colorado truck accident attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests.

Speeding by a truck driver can result in the following potentially catastrophic situations:

  • Inability to stop in time to avoid a crash
  • Loss of control of the truck, which might leave the road
  • Jackknifing
  • Hydroplaning on slick roads
  • Tipping over after a loss of control

Speeding might seem harmless compared to other driving behavior such as drunk driving or texting while driving. Professional truck drivers, however, are trained to drive a truck safely and are legally responsible to obey the rules of the road. Commercial drivers are held to higher standards than drivers of small passenger vehicles.

When truck drivers break the law or federal regulations, they need to be held responsible. They also are agents of the trucking company that owns the truck and hired them. We will hold that trucking company accountable if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in an accident.

Truck Driver Fatigue

Falling asleep at the wheel poses a serious threat to the driver and everyone else on the road. When truck drivers fall asleep, the consequences can be particularly disastrous. It’s not hard to imagine a horrific crash scene involving a truck driver who fell asleep while operating an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler. Our fatigued truck driver accident attorneys in Denver<